Guitarists love to learn licks from other guitarists and musicians, and then twist and turn those licks to make them their own and expand their vocabulary. Part of that process is learning how to adapt licks to different chord changes and progressions.
In this Licks to Riffs Guidebook for the Blues, master fingerstyle player, Ton van Bergeijk will show you a systematic approach for modifying any lick to make it work over virtually any chord or blues progression.
”I've always found that licks played on other instruments are a great source of inspiration for guitarists. Pianists like Jimmy Yancey or James Booker are at the top of my personal list. For stronger riffs, I look at the great riff orchestras: Count Basie, Al Cooper, and then there's T-Bone Walker, Louis Jordan, Allen Toussaint…musical sources for “riff-spiration” is virtually endless.
Of course, we can translate the lick to guitar, and then play the lick exactly as it was played, over the same chord or chord changes. But if we change just one or more notes, we can create new licks that can be used over other chords and chord changes. I’ll show you how to do that in this Licks To Riffs Guidebook.”
Ton organized the course into two sections. In the first section, you’ll learn how to make a lick fit over the three chords in a standard blues progression. Ton will show you how to "barbershop" a lick and turn it into a riff. Then, he'll demonstrate how easy it is to make changes to that lick for a jazzier blues. In the second section, Ton will teach you 18 of his own favorite licks that he transformed into versatile riffs. You’ll learn piano licks and riffs, and even some great orchestra riffs. All the licks can be played fingerstyle or with a pick. Learning how to get the most of any lick is the key objective of this course, “Get that last drop out of the bottle, squeeze that lemon dry!"All of the performance studies and key examples are tabbed and notated for your practice, reference, and study purposes. You’ll be able to loop or slow down any of the video lessons so that you can work with the lessons at your own pace. Plus, Ton includes all of the backing tracks for you to work with on your own.
Grab your guitar and let’s get our “riff-spiration” on with Ton van Bergeijk!
P.S. The guitar that Ton uses for this course is a 1932 Epiphone Masterbuilt De Luxe, kindly lent to him by The Dutch Archtop Guitar Museum. Very cool!